NGG Live!

If you missed our recent NGG Live! Admissions Information Session, you can find a link to the recording here. We hope this helps you in your application process. Please feel free to reach out to Mariel Featherstone ( with any questions you may have.

What is NGG Live?

NGG Live! is an annual information session, typically held in October, that provides an overview of our program and our admissions process and gives prospective applicants the opportunity to ask questions of our faculty and students. Topics we cover include:

  • What will I get out of a PhD?

  • Am I ready to apply?

  • What makes a successful applicant?

  • What classes should I take as an undergrad?

  • How do I get more research experience?

Who participates in NGG Live?
  • NGG Chair Joshua Gold, who will describe our program's structure and requirements.

  • NGG Co-Chairs of Admissions Judy Grinspan and Heath Schmidt, who will explain our admissions process.

  • NGG's Student Outreach Group, GLIA, whose members will tell you all about the things you can take advantage of outside of the lab.

  • Current NGG students, who will share their experiences at Penn and the path they took to get here.

Not in Philly?  Not a Problem!

NGG Live is live-streamed, and virtual participants can ask questions too! If you can't make it in person or online, the presentation and questions will be recorded and posted here.

Past events and resources

Have questions?  Contact the NGG Coordinator.